Hi Carterum. I hope that didn't sound snooby of me but it really irks me every year. Fair enough run for charity and raise money, Ive raised thousands over the years myself for various good causes, however don't strap a fridge to your back or a 40lb latex dinosaur costume to hamper your efforts. its a frikken race people!!! If you must wear a costume then wear run you can actually run in, probably one thats lycra, i.e. spiderman or superman. Iron man on the other hand. No. You see where im going with this.
I was lucky enough to get a club place in 2014 which I trained my arse off for 14 weeks to get to the start line and ran a PB at the time, which is still my PB today since those fecking piss juggling manchester marathon 2015 organisers couldn't find it in themselves to measure a course again that they knew to be short from 2013 (another rant altogether)
I don't care what time anyone does at London whether its a sub 3 or sub 7. Just as long as that person has reached the line and can say they've trained for it and will give it their best shot. but walking over the start line. oh deary me. Just go home.
RE the marathon cheats. Same happens every year. people cut the barrier just after tower bridge cutting out 6 or 7 miles out of the course. They use an algorithm every year to find out for 10% or larger variances in 1st and 2nd half splits and investigate those who have the huge negative splits. They always find everyone who does it and thats why the millionth finisher wont be announced for a couple of weeks. Again, wasted places also.
Right thats it, my last rant on the subject i promise.
Rob: Big protest planned at the dustbowl this weekend. Even the wenger choir boys red Action are calling for change. I think the momentum has finally tipped for the WOB. #wengerout
Hey all thought i'd drop by to say epic efforts VLM crew. I doff my cap to all of you.
Nell: Sub 3 hours and you said the wheels came off. lol. You have certainly set the bar high for yourself.
Washwood. Superb effort and what endurance. Ill be attemting two marathons in 2 weeks this October( Palma and Snowdonia) so ill be tapping you up for advice later in the year.
Elle & Nick. fantastic race reports. throughly good reads. Elle your dog looked knackered to be fair. lol
I cant wait to enter the ballot for VLM next week and I really cant wait for my 9th rejection letter on the bounce in October. Mini rant coming up but I was watching the VLm on TV and the coverage cut back to the start line after 30 mins or so when the last runners were going through. Except they wernt running but walking over the start line. Walking for god sake at 0 miles. It just pissed me off that ive been rejected so many times on the ballot place now, yet there are people who get in who cant even be arsed to run even across the start line.
Grrr. Its even worse then getting a place and then running round it with an international space station attached to your back.
Yep. It was an 18 min PB for me. Even with the short course It was huge PB sort of form I was on. Its already been stripped of PO10. Absolutley gutted. Need to start looking for another fast marathon to have another crack.
Ali. Gutted for you. When things go downhill like that what can you do? Its a horrible feeling when when the mind is willing but the body has betrayed you. manchester is a very fast course so to be fair I do remember last year grimmacing quite a bit at mile 15 onwards and hanging on for dear life. It may just a course which you run quicker on and pay for it later.
Anyway 4:10 is nothing to be ashamed of and well done to you.
Hi rob. the Yasso 800's are actually 10 x 800!!!! One of the most brutal sessions you can do in my opinion. But the most rewarding at the same time. My yasso's predicted a marathon time of 2:52 so was only the 30 mins out. lol. Looking at you on strava and you seem to be doing a good mix of quality sessions. keep it up buddy.
carter. Good to see you popping up on my strava again. I hope the worst of the injury woes are behind you know. Yeah Little Stoke parkrun. shocking decision but I think the council are convinced that the parkrun movement is a fully sponsored weekly race by corporate backers such as fitbit, tribe sports etc, so are saying they should pay for the upkeep. I think they have a fundemental misunderstanding of what the whole parkrun concept is and what community cohesion and health wellness the run brings to their little patch of grass. I suggest that the national coverage and heat they are getting will lead to a swift climb-down.
PS. The taper madness begins. Whats the strategy for you??
So my runnings coming on leaps and bounds anyway. Injury free this year (touchwood) and have a nice flat 10 miler in York this weekend to test my progress.
Hello All. Popping my head in. Seeing the word taper appear on the threads. crunch-time baby.
Carter. Gutted for you mate. was that the hardmoors 55 you were running? few of the folk in my club were running that this weekend and it looked the nuts. 30 miles is 30 miles though. fantastic effort.
Nell: getting faster and faster pal. Some cracking times you are putting in.
Nick. Well done on the 20 miles buddy. I really like that idea of a non-timed organised run. You kinda get the same raceday experience to spur you on but without the pressure of setting a time.
Ali. RE fuelling. yes deffo needed on longer runs. ive done a couple of half marathons and forgot gels. Even at that 'short' distance I really degraded after 9 miles. Legs felt like concrete each time.
Rob. Silverstone HM sounds pretty cool. Wonder if they do a similar thing around pontefract dog track up this way. lol
So ive been ticking over at 30-40 miles per week but no marathon for me. Been doing loads of speed work though and overall it seems to be improving my running.
I ran the north London Half marathon on Sunday and it was a pretty special race to be fair finishing up on the pitch of wembley stadium. Although I grew up in the area i didnt remember all those bloody hills. As it was an out and back every hill you went down on the way out way an uphill on the way back. It really did test the legs. Finished in 1.31:37 which was my 2nd fastest HM time to be fair so a good effort I felt.